Keys fall in home opener, 4-3

Keys fall in home opener, 4-3

The Frederick Keys left eight runners on base in their home opener and lost 4-3 to the Pelicans

The Pelicans jumped out in front in the fourth inning on an RBI single by third baseman Michael Olt that scored Center fielder Ryan Strausborger to take a 1-0 lead. A key throwing error by Third baseman Dale Mollenhauer to first base extended the inning to allow the Olt at-bat.

Santiago Chirino crushed a pitch to right center for a one out double in the fifth inning. Left fielder Jared Bolden singled to drive in the second baseman to increase the lead to 2-0. After a Leury Garcia sacrifice-bunt to advance Bolden to second base, Strausborger doubled to push the lead to 3-0.

The bottom of the fifth inning brought the Keys closer as catcher Brian Ward walked to leadoff the frame. Shortstop Garabez Rosa followed with his first home run of the season to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Myrtle Beach answered immediately in the sixth inning as Olt crushed a solo home run to right-center field to increase the lead to 4-2.

Ward walked to lead off the seventh inning, but was out at second on a fielder's choice by Centerfielder Kyle Hudson. Hudson reached second on an error by the second baseman. Steve Bumbry would follow on a two out RBI single to cut Myrtle Beach's lead to 4-3.

The bottom of the ninth looked promising for the Keys as Ward singled to right-field with one out. Rosa followed with a walk to place runners on first and second. Hudson flied out to leftfield and Bumbry struck out looking on a breaking ball to end the game.

The Frederick Keys left eight men on base in the loss to the Pelicans but it was the eight and nine spots in the order that produced the majority of the offense tonight. Ward walked three times and recorded a base hit tonight.

“Every at bat I was leading off the inning so I was trying to be a leadoff hitter that worked the count and I got on base,” Ward said.

Manager Orlando Gomez felt the team played pretty well but missed out on opportunities at the plate. Gomez also ruled out the hour long rain delay as a factor for the quiet bats.

“They were aggressive and attacked our hitters you have to give them credit.”

The Keys are back in action Wednesday as they face the Pelicans at 7 PM at Harry Grove Stadium.

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